Vikas Kaul, a CarToq.com member, has a different view on the Duster vs. Renault tabble. He believes Duster is clearly better if you are a city-dweller.
I don’t agree that Scorpio delivers better value than Renault Duster. Yes, it delivers more space for similar money and if that’s what you need/want, then Duster doesn’t cut it. So the round goes to Scorpio.
Also see our earlier comparison: Mahindra Scorpio vs. Renault Duster, which has a different view!
Make it 0-1.
But what if you want a car that has the build quality most of us who have grown up with a Maruti or two?. Aren’t you happy there is finally an SUV this side of the overpriced and undersized Skoda Yeti that’s built well, that does not panels gaps so wide people could live in them?
We are now even at 1-1. And there is more coming.
And aren’t you happy that while it will avoid scraping pot holed roads, but not waft and wallow so much to put your heart in your mouth? Duster handles like a car and not a boat. And what about braking—all the panic that ensues once Scorpio’s brakes are pushed.
Duster surges ahead 2-1.
But what about power? Doesn’t Scorpio have more power—barring one version? Yes, but its also a good 500 kg heavier. So it’s not clear if it will pull any faster than Duster. At least one early review suggests Duster is faster than XUV 500. But, at this stage, I will fine with calling it a draw.
And we get to the crucial question of mileage.
I would expect Duster to return a real world mileage in the same range (for the diesel variant) as Sunny which is around 16 kmpl. That’s easily 25 percent more than Scorpio.
That puts Duster ahead by 3-1.
They are broadly in the same price band. Not too much too choose here either.
Overall, for me, the Duster scores over Scorpio with better ride and handling and better mileage. Its smaller size makes it easy to drive in the city. Importantly, at least for me, it is built like a modern car should be built.
It equals or trumps Scorpio on all counts that would matter to city folks bar one—space.